British Open: Cameron Smith wins, Utahn Tony Finau finishes well

Mild weather conditions at the Old Course in St. Andrews made scoring relatively easy on Sunday at the 150th British Open.

Utah’s Tony Finau took full advantage.

Although he was never in contention to win the golf tournament, Finau shot a 66 under par to move up the rankings in the final round of major golf’s final championship of the season. He finished at 8 under for the tournament and was in the top 20 when he finished his round.

However, lower scores came throughout the day and Finau finished tied for 28th, statistically his worst performance in six British Open appearances.

Cameron Smith won the tournament, shooting an 8-under 64 on Sunday to overcome a four-under deficit and post a 20-under total score. It was the Australian’s first major championship.

Cameron Young of the United States was second after hitting an eagle on the final hole, while fan favorite Rory McIlroy was third after starting the final round tied for the lead.

A tie for 27th in 2017 was Finau’s worst result at the British Open until the end of this weekend.

Still, the Salt Lake City West High graduate, who spends his summers at his home in Lehi, has played the tournament commonly known as the British Open and officially known as The Open Championship better than any other major tournament. He made the cut in all six of his appearances, with a third-place finish in 2019 his best performance.

There was no tournament in 2020, due to the pandemic.

On Sunday, Finau had eight birdies and two bogeys, and played as well as he has in any round at a major tournament this year. For starters, he birdied both par-5s, having made five pars and a bogey on those holes in his first three rounds.

His only two bogeys came after shooting into bunkers on the par-4 No. 3 hole and the par-4 17th hole.

His longest birdie putt was a 12-footer, on No. 12.

It was Finau’s best finish at a major tournament in 2022, having finished tied for 35th at the Masters and 30th at the PGA Championship. He missed the cut at the US Open in Massachusetts last month.

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